Monday, March 18, 2019

{My Parties} Winter Engagement Party

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Winter is almost over, thank goodness!
I thought I'd better post this party before the chilly weather is gone!
This engagement party is for a bride-to-be whose wedding I am designing in the early fall. 
Since this engagement party came in January, I wanted to do a warm, slightly rustic and also glamorous winter theme, and also use her favorite colors of white and gold. 

Guests were welcomed by an "I DO" door hanging. If you look closely, you can see that the paper I covered it with has diamond rings embossed in gold. 

I love at-home parties and entertaining because it feels more intimate and welcoming and that's how I wanted this to feel. 
Since this house had such a wonderful focal double-sided fireplace, I set my dessert station there. 

It looked so cozy and welcoming!
A little trick for budget-consciousness. I foraged all this greenery that I used around the party from my backyard and my sister's backyard. We just trimmed our fur trees and used the clippings! It provided a winter texture that was totally free! And, as a bonus, it smelled great!

The host had a bunch of leftover glassware from another party we did together several years ago, so we incorporated all that into the party as well. For the fireplace, I added pillar candles into the tall vases. 

Ten23 Designs custom cut a personalized engagement monogram for me, which I painted with gold glittered spray paint to provide our focal point. 

The dessert table was filled with all the bride and groom's favorite sweet treats, like mini cheesecakes, sugar cookies, and brownies.  I displayed all these on gold and white cake plates, interspersed with sequins and wood tones to provide lots of texture. 

On the front of the table, I custom cut their wedding date using my Cricut. 

Continuing with the theme of re-using glassware from other events, I used these fish bowls again in a completely different way. This time, I filled them with water and floated candles in them for a soft, romantic feel. 

Add a little bit of foraged greenery and it's the perfect winter centerpiece. 

On the other side of the double fireplace, I installed some small guest tables for a cozy feel, but where people could actually sit and eat their food. These X-back Tuscan chairs from White Door Events were the perfect chair for this theme. 

On this mantle, I kept it simple by adding these small gold lanterns and some more foraged greenery. Then, I hung this purchased banner from Hobby Lobby to add some of our gold glitter. 

In the dining room, the guests were treated to some delicious dinner. I wanted to do a big moment in here to cover up existing furniture, so this gold sequin pipe and drape was the perfect solution. I added a balloon installation on the side and then a fun banner that I made with my Cricut that says "Til Death Do Us Party." This couple is super fun, so I wanted something a little bit tongue in cheek!

Congratulations Kristin and Graham!
I'm so excited to be designing your wedding too!


Wooden Monogram: Ten23 Designs
Backdrop: Shindigz

Sunday, February 24, 2019

{My Parties} When I Dip, You Dip, We Dip Cheese Dip Party

Have you ever had a party theme that was hard to buy for because the products just don’t exist? I love a unique party theme and today I am going to show you how to create your OWN party theme! My oldest son just turned 10 and his very favorite thing in the world is cheese dip! Is there anyone who doesn’t love cheese dip? If you don’t, then we can’t be friends!

I didn’t want to do a typical fiesta theme for his party, because I’ve done that theme a million times. So, I decided to create my own party theme. Having unique themes for my boys is something that I pride myself on. It gets harder when boys get older to give them parties that aren’t too juvenile or cute. A lot of my clients struggle with creating fun birthdays for their boys when they grow older.  I wanted something graphic and bold and boyish. So, I decided that a bold striped theme based upon an old hip hop song from 1996 was a funny idea to create a party around. Do you that song “Da Dip?” “When I dip, you dip, we dip?”  It’s one of those songs that gets stuck in your head!

 You can customize so many cool party products. You can add colors, patterns, text, graphics, and even photos! I started my personalization by choosing my color scheme of black, white, and Kelly green, with some silver and metal tones thrown in for texture. Once I had my color scheme in mind, it was SO easy to create all my own party products based on that. 

I love this product because the possibilities are endless! I used a simple black table cloth to start and then added a black and white striped poly table cloth over the top for texture. For my backdrop, I created a fun, fringed look using green float tissue fringe pinned right into my foam backdrop. Then, I created my own personalized banner using the song lyrics. On the front of my tablecloth, I pinned the personalized banner I created. 

 In addition to personalizing the decorations, I also personalized all the party ware! I even put Grey’s picture on the plates and cups!  

No cheese dip themed party is complete without cheese dip. So, I served ours in a fountain! How fun is that? In order to let guests make their own nachos, I purchased nacho trays from a restaurant supply store and personalized them with stickers that matched our theme. On either side of the table, I added balloons of varying sizes and colors and tied each of them with balloon tassels in our colors.

I even had my favorite bakery, Smallcakes Collierville make me a super fun coordinating cake! 



I hope this helps you create your very own fully personalized party!


Party Supplies: Shindigz

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